My favorite songs from 1994

Posted: January 21, 2018 in Rankings

In April of ’94 I broke up with one girlfriend and had another one in July. Both girls were in (or near) my hometown, whereas I went to university about an hour away in Guelph. So there was a lot of commuting involved, which meant a lot of radio. And this is when I started to get sick of classic rock and move more fully into modern alternative rock and grunge. In the fall I moved in with three buddies and formed lasting friendships with all of them. A lot of this music reminds me of those times, though much of it was really enjoyed in 1995 even if it was released in 1994.

This year was home to several of my favorite 10 albums (just a guess) of all time. I know I would have Live’s Throwing Copper on there. And The Offspring’s Smash. And Weezer’s blue album. And in my favorite 20 of all time, I am certain Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy gets in there as well as the Hip’s Day for Night. I’m also guessing that albums released that year from Hole, Cranberries, Bush and Green Day would get into my favorite 30 of all time. This year marks the beginning of six to eight years in which music was the biggest part of my life. It’s always been huge, but during those years it meant the world to me.

With 172 songs ranked, this tops 1989 when I had 150 and includes 90 songs marked “Great” or better.

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because we can all agree that on some days, some songs kick more ass than other songs. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow – if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment and I start singing along. So I group them instead of presenting a hard-and-fast order:

Awesome
Great
Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

Awesome – 1 No Excuses Alice in Chains
Awesome – 1 Glycerine Bush
Awesome – 1 Hold My Hand Hootie & the Blowfish
Awesome – 1 Lightning Crashes Live
Awesome – 1 Hurt Nine Inch Nails
Awesome – 1 Better Man Pearl Jam
Awesome – 1 Strange Currencies R.E.M.
Awesome – 1 What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? R.E.M.
Awesome – 1 Self Esteem The Offspring
Awesome – 10 Starseed Our Lady Peace
Awesome – 10 Basket Case Green Day
Awesome – 10 When I Come Around Green Day
Awesome – 10 Doll Parts Hole
Awesome – 10 Violet Hole
Awesome – 10 Let Her Cry Hootie & the Blowfish
Awesome – 10 Nothingman Pearl Jam
Awesome – 10 Come Out And Play The Offspring
Awesome – 10 Gotta Get Away The Offspring
Awesome – 10 You Don’t Know How It Feels Tom Petty
Awesome – 10 Grace, Too The Tragically Hip
Awesome – 10 Yawning or Snarling The Tragically Hip
Awesome – 10 Inevitability of Death The Tragically Hip
Awesome – 10 Undone – The Sweater Song Weezer
Great – 24 F.O.D. Green Day
Great – 24 She Green Day
Great – 24 Miss World Hole
Great – 24 I Alone Live
Great – 24 Closer Nine Inch Nails
Great – 24 Supersonic Oasis
Great – 24 Immortality Pearl Jam
Great – 24 Black Hole Sun Soundgarden
Great – 24 Interstate Love Song Stone Temple Pilots
Great – 24 Zombie The Cranberries
Great – 24 Thugs The Tragically Hip
Great – 24 Buddy Holly Weezer
Great – 24 My Name Is Jonas Weezer
Great – 24 Only In Dreams Weezer
Great – 24 Say It Ain’t So Weezer
Great – 24 Sure Shot Beastie Boys
Great – 24 Loser Beck
Great – 24 Comedown Bush
Great – 24 Little Things Bush
Great – 24 Machinehead Bush
Great – 24 Satellite Dave Matthews Band
Great – 24 Allison Road Gin Blossoms
Great – 24 Pillar Of Davidson Live
Great – 24 Push Moist
Great – 24 Live Forever Oasis
Great – 24 Tomorrow Silverchair
Great – 24 Spoonman Soundgarden
Great – 24 Big Empty Stone Temple Pilots
Great – 24 Vasoline Stone Temple Pilots
Great – 24 Free As A Bird The Beatles
Great – 24 Ode To My Family The Cranberries
Great – 24 Bad Habit The Offspring
Great – 24 It’ll Be a Long Time The Offspring
Great – 24 Scared The Tragically Hip
Great – 24 In The Garage Weezer
Great – 24 Surf Wax America Weezer
Great – 60 I Stay Away Alice in Chains
Great – 60 Sabotage Beastie Boys
Great – 60 Everything Zen Bush
Great – 60 Chump Green Day
Great – 60 Longview Green Day
Great – 60 Welcome To Paradise Green Day
Great – 60 All Over You Live
Great – 60 Selling the Drama Live
Great – 60 Silver Moist
Great – 60 Corduroy Pearl Jam
Great – 60 Crush With Eyeliner R.E.M.
Great – 60 Fell On Black Days Soundgarden
Great – 60 Possum Kingdom Toadies
Great – 60 Crazy Mary Victoria Williams
Pretty Good – 74 Hope Our Lady Peace
Pretty Good – 74 Naveed Our Lady Peace
Pretty Good – 74 Ocean Pearl 54-40
Pretty Good – 74 Hasn’t Hit Me Yet Blue Rodeo
Pretty Good – 74 Run-Around Blues Traveler
Pretty Good – 74 Girls And Boys Blur
Pretty Good – 74 Alien Bush
Pretty Good – 74 Dissident Pearl Jam
Pretty Good – 74 Not For You Pearl Jam
Pretty Good – 74 What Happened to You The Offspring
Pretty Good – 74 Holiday Weezer
Pretty Good – 74 Always Bon Jovi
Pretty Good – 74 What Would You Say Dave Matthews Band
Pretty Good – 74 New Age Girl Deadeye Dick
Pretty Good – 74 Connection Elastica
Pretty Good – 74 Bang and Blame R.E.M.
Pretty Good – 74 Cotton Eye Joe Rednex
Pretty Good – 74 Greasy Jungle The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 74 Nautical Disaster The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 74 Mykel And Carli Weezer
Pretty Good – 94 Supersatellite Our Lady Peace
Pretty Good – 94 Blame Your Parents 54-40
Pretty Good – 94 Nutshell Alice in Chains
Pretty Good – 94 Jane Barenaked Ladies
Pretty Good – 94 Pay No Mind (Snoozer) Beck
Pretty Good – 94 The Power of Love Celine Dion
Pretty Good – 94 Goodnight Good Guy Collective Soul
Pretty Good – 94 Return To Innocence Enigma
Pretty Good – 94 Softer Softest Hole
Pretty Good – 94 Only Wanna Be with You Hootie & the Blowfish
Pretty Good – 94 Time Hootie & the Blowfish
Pretty Good – 94 Stay Lisa Loeb
Pretty Good – 94 Shit Towne Live
Pretty Good – 94 Backwater Meat Puppets
Pretty Good – 94 I Can’t Be With You The Cranberries
Pretty Good – 94 Nitro The Offspring
Pretty Good – 94 Waterfalls TLC
Pretty Good – 94 You Wreck Me Tom Petty
Pretty Good – 94 Cornflake Girl Tori Amos
Pretty Good – 94 Daredevil The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 94 So Hard Done By The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 94 An Inch an Hour The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 94 Titanic Terrarium The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 117 Omaha Stylee 311
Not Bad – 117 Blind Man Aerosmith
Not Bad – 117 A Girl Like You Edwyn Collins
Not Bad – 117 Tremor Christ Pearl Jam
Not Bad – 117 Down With Disease Phish
Not Bad – 117 Kiss From A Rose Seal
Not Bad – 117 Coax Me Sloan
Not Bad – 117 The Day I Tried To Live Soundgarden
Not Bad – 117 Still Remains Stone Temple Pilots
Not Bad – 117 Empty The Cranberries
Not Bad – 117 Genocide The Offspring
Not Bad – 117 Save Me The Tea Party
Not Bad – 117 Emergency The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 117 Sunshine Country Victoria Williams
Not Bad – 117 The World Has Turned And Left Me Here Weezer
Not Bad – 117 Hook Blues Traveler
Not Bad – 117 Until I Fall Away Gin Blossoms
Not Bad – 117 Pulling Teeth Green Day
Not Bad – 117 Horse Live
Not Bad – 117 Top Live
Not Bad – 117 White, Discussion Live
Not Bad – 117 River Of Deceit Mad Season
Not Bad – 117 Red Right Hand Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Not Bad – 117 Pretty Penny Stone Temple Pilots
Not Bad – 117 Big Poppa The Notorious B.I.G.
Not Bad – 117 Something to Believe In The Offspring
Not Bad – 117 Boom Boom Boom The Outhere Brothers
Not Bad – 117 Love Spreads The Stone Roses
Not Bad – 117 Impossibilium The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 117 Headline News Weird Al Yankovic
Not Bad – 147 Assoholic 54-40
Not Bad – 147 5 Days In May Blue Rodeo
Not Bad – 147 Bad Timing Blue Rodeo
Not Bad – 147 Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night Bon Jovi
Not Bad – 147 I’ll Make Love To You Boyz II Men
Not Bad – 147 Please Forgive Me Bryan Adams
Not Bad – 147 All For Love Byan Adams/Stewart/Sting
Not Bad – 147 Afternoons and Coffeespoons Crash Test Dummies
Not Bad – 147 Sassafrass Roots Green Day
Not Bad – 147 Love, Love, Love Hemingway Corner
Not Bad – 147 I Think That I Would Die Hole
Not Bad – 147 Iris Live
Not Bad – 147 T.B.D. Live
Not Bad – 147 I’ll Remember Madonna
Not Bad – 147 Reptile Nine Inch Nails
Not Bad – 147 Shakermaker Oasis
Not Bad – 147 The Most Beautiful Girl In The World Prince
Not Bad – 147 Nobody’s Hero Rush
Not Bad – 147 Kitchenware and Candy Bars Stone Temple Pilots
Not Bad – 147 Ridiculous Thoughts The Cranberries
Not Bad – 147 One More Chance The Notorious B.I.G.
Not Bad – 147 Killboy Powerhead The Offspring
Not Bad – 147 Not the One The Offspring
Not Bad – 147 Boneyard Tree The Watchmen
Not Bad – 147 Fire in the Hole The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 147 Saturday Night Whigfield

 

1990       1991      1992      1993     1994

1960s          1970s          1980s          1990s

 

 

 

 

 

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